In the United States things get pretty quiet in the city after rush hour and dinner, even on weekends in the city. In China however, evenings are very lively every night of the week. Many streets turn into markets with vendors hawking things like perfume, underwear, and radios.
In this video not only do we take a look at these products and hear about Nick’s purchasing criteria, but we learn a simple and effective way to practice Mandarin.
Stay for the end and you’ll also witness a dance party!
Some of the following phrases can be heard in the video (subtitles included). All of these words and phrases are commonly used in a market.
- 市场 (shì cháng) market
- 香水 (xiāng shǔi) perfume
- 内裤 (nèi kù) underwear
- 收音机 (shōu yīn jī) radio
- 看一看 (kàn yī kàn) just looking
- 块 (kuài) bucks
- 我要这个. (wǒ yào zhè gè) I want this one.
- 不要，谢谢. (bú yào xiè xiè) No thanks.
- 多少钱? (dūo shǎo qián) How much does it cost?
- 一般般 (yì bān bān) so-so, average
- 普通话讲得很好. (pǔ tōng hùa jiǎng de hěn hǎo) Your Mandarin is good.
- 你哪里的? (nǐ nǎ lǐ de) Where are you from?
- 你结婚了吗? (nǐ jié hūn le ma) Are you married?
- 你在中国几年? (nǐ zài zhōng gúo jǐ nián) How long have you been in China?
- 太贵了. (tài gùi le) It’s too expensive.
AUTHOR: NICK LENCZEWSKI
Nick Lenczewski (Len-chess-key) writes books and makes movies to help people discover the incredible life that living and traveling in China brings. He believes that listening to music, playing cards and drinking tea with friends is one of the best things in life. Nick is fluent in Mandarin.